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Italian Zuccotto

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Ingredients
  Double cream 1 Pint, beaten until stiff
  Icing sugar 6 Tablespoon (1 Ounce / 1/4 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons)
  Hazelnuts 2 Ounce, toasted
  Fresh cherries 8 Ounce, halved and stoned
  Dark dessert chocolate 4 Ounce, finely chopped / grated
  Brandy 2 Fluid Ounce
  Orange flavored liqueur 2 Fluid Ounce
  Chocolate sponge cake 2 , sliced in 2 horizontally (Two, 8 Inch Size)
  Cocoa powder 2 Tablespoon
Directions

In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream and 1 ounce icing sugar [1/4 cup confectioners' sugar].
Using a metal spoon, fold in the hazelnuts, cherries and chocolate.
Chill the bowl in the refrigerator.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together the brandy and orange flavoured liqueur and set aside.
Line a 2 pint [1 1/2 quart] pudding basin with three quarters of the sponge, cutting it into pieces with a sharp knife so that it fits the shape of the basin.
Sprinkle the brandy mixture over the sponge lining.
Remove the cream mixture from the refrigerator and spoon it into the sponge case.
Use the remaining sponge to cover it.
Chill the basin in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Remove the basin from the refrigerator.
Run a knife around the edge of the pudding to loosen it.
Invert a serving plate over the basin and, holding the two firmly together, reverse them.
The zuccotto should slide out easily.
Sprinkle half of the remaining icing [confectioners'] sugar neatly over one quarter of the pudding.
Sprinkle half the cocoa powder over a second quarter, then repeat this over the other half of the pudding so that the zuccotto has 4 alternating segments of colour.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pudding
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian

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